Unit description

Provides a critical evaluation of data analysis techniques and current approaches to best practice evaluation techniques in the applied setting. Describes contemporary alternatives to null hypothesis testing in the context of their value for real-world professional conduct within a scientist-practitioner framework. Discusses best practices in data management, programme evaluation and scientific and applied dissemination of outcomes and utilises a combination of problem based learning applied to a project and student reflective practice.

Unit content

  • Designing an effective data analysis strategy: Issues and resolutions
  • Introduction to the “New” statistics: effect size estimation
  • Alternatives to Null Hypothesis Testing: Bayes and p-rep
  • Single case designs
  • Time series
  • Programme evaluation
  • Big data
  • Good data practices

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hr
Laboratory session 2 hrs
Designing Data Analysis 20%
Reporting Data Analysis30%
Critical Analysis and Argument50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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